Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Time given to file objections

Time given to file objections

Bangalore: The Karnataka High court on Monday adjourned the hearing by two weeks on an issue dealing with Bangalore Metro.
It gave time to the petitioners in the PIL to file objections to the miscellaneous petition filed by the horticulture department seeking the court’s permission to undertake Bangalore Metro projects in the Cubbon Park area. The
division Bench headed by Chief Justice P D Dinakaran adjourned the hearing after the counsel representing the petitioners sought time to file objections.
In its petition, the horticulture department has stated that the BMRCL requires 11,160.86 sqm area temporarily and 2,126.71 sqm area permanently for housing the Vidhana Soudha underground station and ancillary buildings. The department has also sought permission for felling 116 trees, 22 for traffic diversion through alternative roads, 65 for station and 29 for ancillary buildings. They have also stated that 11 trees would be pruned.
In the 260-acre Cubbon Park, the actual area required permanently is 800 metres for Metro alignment and 0.5 acres in front of the high court and KGID building — just 0.2% of the entire Cubbon Park — the horticulture department has stated. The petition is based on the letter written by BMRCL on August 26, 2009 seeking its permission. However, the counsel for Bimal Desai and others opposed the move saying that it would harm all the buildings in the area. “They are seeking an area of 200 feet in front of the high court. Hundreds of tress will be cut,” he told the court.
Notice to NICE
The high court has ordered notice to NICE Company, the state government, BBMP and others upon a petition filed by Asha and Manjunath challenging the move to acquire their lands in Byatarayanapura ward, off Mysore Road, for a BMIC-related project. “The area at the intersection of Magadi Road and Mysore Road has been identified for construction of elevated road/grade separator and sanction has been accorded to the BBMP project. But of late, the NICE Company wants to have a link road here in the BBMP area,’’ the petitioners have stated.
Notice to BDA
The high court has ordered notice to the urban development department and the BDA upon a petition filed one Narasa Reddy. The petitioner sought for a direction for deleting his 1 acre 29 guntas land in Sampigehalli near Yelehanka acquired for Arkavathy project.
He claims that his land was not required for the layout and his objections to this were not considered.
Master plan: final hearing on Oct 28
The high court on Monday fixed October 28 as the final hearing with regard to the petitions challenging May 28, 2009 Master Plan notification in respect of five planning areas surrounding Bangalore city.
The petitioners have complained that the authorities have virtually notified the earlier draft plan itself overlooking the changes approved by the cabinet headed by the state governor last May during the President’s rule after considering the objections. The five planning areas are Nelamangala, Anekal, Magadi, Kanakapura and Hoskote.


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